CUBBON PARK:Concern India Foundation in association with Secure Giving hosted their 8th edition of 'Splash'- a sit and draw activity for the differently abled children at Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park on Sunday. More than 180 students from over 28 schools participated in the competition. The vision to start this event eight years ago by Concern India was to enable the differently abled children to express their emotions and ideas through the medium of art.
The event started with a welcome address by Pampa Chowdhury, regional head, Concern India Foundation, followed by a dance performance by the children of Divya Down Development Trust.
The dance performance was followed by the ‘sit and draw’ activity. This was followed by the distribution of medals and certificates to all the participating students.
Sharing her thoughts, Ms. Pampa Chowdhury said, “Splash was conceptualised over eight years back. The key objective was to provide the differently abled children a platform to come together and be part of a group activity. Unlike the children from mainstream schools, there is very limited number of activities for these children. Painting was chosen as that platform as this is one way of communicating their inner emotions and expressions. We not only involve schools that are part of Concern India projects but all other schools who are willing to participate.”
She added, “As you can see, most children are extremely happy to be here and drawing their heart out. We have seen a steady increase in participation over the years. 'Splash' started in Bengaluru and after witnessing huge participation and the support from people, it is now held in other cities including Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad as well.”